Category Archives: McDonald’s

The sale of McDonald´s China: three viewpoints

The decision to sell a controlling stake of McDonald´s to private investors in the Carlyle Group, Citic Capital and Citic Group triggered off mixed reactions among analysts. Retail analyst Ben Cavender says the new investors can help to refurbish and expand the chain. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson sees a different management style, that makes competitor KFC run for its money. But business analyst Shaun Rein sees to end to the inevitable decline of McDonald´s.

McDonald´s also sells its China operation – Ben Cavender

In line with expectations, McDonald´s has sold a controlling stake of its China and Hong Kong operation to private investors, after competitor Yum did the same last year. With the new financial resources, the China operation can improve fast, says Shanghai-based retail analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.

McDonald´s franchise model makes now sense – Ben Cavender

McDonald´s China is trying to sell its 2,200 stores for up to US$2 billion to third parties. A move that makes sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in CFO, because the number of people able to run chain stores has gone up exponentially.

McDonald´s still does not know China – Shaun Rein

McDonald´s might be in China for decades, it still has problems to adjust to the fast changing realities on the ground, says business analyst Shaun Rein to QZ. They now decided to increase their franchises and leave the cooking to people who better know the Chinese taste, says Shaun Rein, and that seems a smart idea.

McDonald’s shutters stores as diet changes – Ben Cavender

McDonald´s used to be one of the winners in China´s emerging fast food market, but – together with KFC – losing market share and actually closing stores. Scandals and changing diets take their toll, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.

Why McDonald´s is losing in China – Ben Cavender

McDonald´s used to be a winner in China, but has started to face dropping sales. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains why the US firm is likely to keep on dropping in AsiaOne. Food scandals caused loss of confidence among the consumers, and McDonald´s has been unable to repair the damage.

Fast food chains struggle for the Chinese customer – Ben Cavender

When US fast food chains entered the China market, they mostly kept rigorously to their American diet. But now they are struggling to gain share of the US$100 billion market by experimenting frantically with tastes and flavors, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender in CNNMoney.

The struggle of food companies to stay clean – Ben Cavender

A large number of retailers and restaurants from 7-Eleven to Starbucks to McDonald´s have cut ties with their meat supplier in Shanghai, as authorities forced to close its operation. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains in the WSJ what it takes to keep supply chains clean.

McDonald´s and Yum hit by new meat scandal – Ben Cavender

An all-American meat scandal has hit Shanghai, as McDonald´s and Yum´s KFC banned their Chicago-owned supplier after authorities found out it used out-dated meat. Retail analyst Ben Cavender expects a long-term damage to both restaurant chains, he tells in the China Daily.

The KFC, McDonald’s shoot-out – Ben Cavender

Both KFC and McDonald’s have been struggling to keep market share in China by expanding fast. Localizing has become a key word, but sometimes at the expense of quality, says business analyst Ben Cavender in AdAge.